A380 Profiles Guide

Introduction

Whether you love it or hate it, the Airbus A380 is at the pinnacle of aviation innovation and a true aerospace engineering marvel, boasting a distinctive double-deck design that captivates casual onlookers and aviation enthusiasts alike. As a symbol of progress, the A380 combines advanced technology with sustainability, showcasing a harmonious blend of efficiency, performance and environmental responsibility.

Watching the Airbus A380 ascend into the sky is a breathtaking spectacle. Its graceful takeoff, powered by advanced aerodynamics, reflects the harmonious synergy of human achievement and the wonders of flight. The A380 inspires awe and admiration, embodying the endless possibilities when visionary minds come together to redefine the boundaries of aviation.


This comprehensive guide is your one-stop-shop for the performance figures of the Airbus A380, which will help you complete your next journey with this magnificent brand-new bird safely. We have collectively done our best to include all standard scenarios you may come across with the A380, however, do bear in mind that weather, airport characteristics, weight and other factors can cause deviations from the values you will find below.

With this out of the way, let’s dive in!


Aircraft Performance

Basic Characteristics

  • Service Ceiling: 43,100ft
  • Optimal Cruise Speed: M0.85
  • Maximum Cruise Speed: M0.89
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 575,000 KG / 1,267,658 LBS
  • Maximum Landing Weight: 395,000 KG / 870,826 LBS
  • Maximum Fuel Capacity: 254,131 KG / 560,263 LBS
  • Typical Passenger Capacity1: 575
  • Maximum Passenger Capacity: 853
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 51,402 KG / 113,322 LBS

1 This can vary between operators


Takeoff & Landing Config Table

Wonder what takeoff and landing configuration suits your aircraft’s weight best? This table will guide you through takeoff and landing configurations.

Load % Weight (KG/LBS) TO Flaps TO Thrust / N1 V1 VR V2 LDG Flaps VApp
8% 300,000 / 660,000 1+F 63.3%/76.5% 137 152 155 Full 127
15% 320,000 / 704,000 1+F 67.5%/80.4% 138 154 156 Full 132
21% 340,000 / 748,000 1+F 71.8%/84.5% 139 156 158 Full 135
28% 360,000 / 792,000 1+F 76.2%/88.6% 140 157 160 Full 139
35% 380,000 / 836,000 1+F 80.9%/93.0% 141 158 162 Full 142
41% 400,000 / 880,000 1+F 86.4%/98.2% 139 156 163 Full - Above MLW 146 - Above MLW
48% 420,000 / 924,000 1+F 91.0%/102.6% 140 157 165 Full - Above MLW 148 - Above MLW
55% 440,000 / 968,000 1+F 95.4%/106.7% 141 158 167 Full - Above MLW 153 - Above MLW
62% 460,000 / 1,012,000 1+F 97.6%/108.8% 138 155 169 Full - Above MLW 156 - Above MLW
68% 480,000 / 1,056,000 1+F 97.6%/108.8% 139 156 172 N/A - Above MLW N/A - Above MLW
75% 500,000 / 1,100,000 2 97.6%/108.8% 140 157 175 N/A - Above MLW N/A - Above MLW
82% 520,000 / 1,144,000 2 97.6%/108.8% 141 158 177 N/A - Above MLW N/A - Above MLW
88% 540,000 / 1,188,000 2 97.6%/108.8% 143 160 178 N/A - Above MLW N/A - Above MLW
95% 560,000 / 1,232,000 2 97.6%/108.8% 145 162 180 N/A - Above MLW N/A - Above MLW

Notes:

  • The usual flaps configuration for takeoff is Flaps 1+F. Flaps 2 is used with a heavier load and with runways 10,000 ft (3,300 m) or shorter in length. Flaps 3 is only to be used with with runways 8,000 ft (2,400 m) or shorter in length.

  • The usual flaps configuration for landing is Flaps Full. Flaps 3 can be used with lighter loads.

  • The T/O Thrust up to 55% load is based on various FLEX thrust settings

  • The T/O Thrust above 55% load is maximum takeoff thrust, and is not affected by the airport’s MSL or temperature.

  • V1, VR and V2 values are valid for OAT -40°C to +35°C. For +36°C to +43°C, increase V1 & VR by 2kts. For +44°C to +50°C, increase V1 & VR by 4kts.


Cruise Table

Wondering what the ideal altitude for your current weight is? This table will help you plan your cruise.

Load % Weight (KG/LBS) Optimum FL Maximum FL
8% 300,000 / 660,000 FL430 FL430
15% 320,000 / 704,000 FL430 FL430
21% 340,000 / 748,000 FL430 FL430
28% 360,000 / 792,000 FL420 FL430
35% 380,000 / 836,000 FL410 FL420
41% 400,000 / 880,000 FL400 FL420
48% 420,000 / 924,000 FL400 FL410
55% 440,000 / 968,000 FL390 FL400
62% 460,000 / 1,012,000 FL390 FL400
68% 480,000 / 1,056,000 FL380 FL390
75% 500,000 / 1,100,000 FL370 FL380
82% 520,000 / 1,144,000 FL350 FL370
88% 540,000 / 1,188,000 FL350 FL360
95% 560,000 / 1,232,000 FL350 FL360

Notes:

  • Optimum cruise speed is M0.85. This speed was used to build this table.

Flap Speed Table

Unsure when to extend your flaps? This table features optimum and maximum flap settings at various speeds.

Speed (IAS) Optimum Flaps Setting Maximum Flaps Setting
263 Clean 1 (Limit: 263kts)
222 Clean 1+F (Limit: 222kts)
220 Clean 2 (Limit: 220kts)
203 1 2 (Limit: 220kts)
199 1+F 2 (Limit: 220kts)
193 1+F 3 (Limit: 196kts)
182 2 Full (Limit: 182kts)
170 3 Full (Limit: 182kts)
145 Full Full (Limit: 182kts)

Quick Reference Guide

Want a quick brief on what to do prior to your next A380 flight? Then this Quick Reference Guide is just for you!

Airbus A380 Quick Reference Guide Download Link


Liveries

Wonder which of your favorite Airbus A380 liveries made it in? Curious which operators fly a particular engine type? We’ve got you covered! This table shows you the engine type for each Airbus A380 livery in Infinite Flight.

Livery Engine Type
Air France Engine Alliance GP7200
ANA - Kai Rolls-Royce Trent 900
ANA - La Rolls-Royce Trent 900
ANA - Lani Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Asiana Airlines Rolls-Royce Trent 900
British Airways Rolls-Royce Trent 900
China Southern Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Emirates - 1999 Engine Alliance GP7200
Emirates - 2023 Engine Alliance GP7200
Emirates - 50th Anniversary Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Etihad Airways Engine Alliance GP7200
Etihad Airways - Choose UK Engine Alliance GP7200
Generic Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Global Airlines Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Hi Fly Rolls-Royce Trent 900
House Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Infinite Flight Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Korean Air Engine Alliance GP7200
Lufthansa Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Lufthansa - 2018 Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Malaysia Airlines Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Qantas Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Qatar Airways Engine Alliance GP7200
Singapore Airlines Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Thai Airways Rolls-Royce Trent 900
Stats for Nerds
  • Total A380 liveries in Infinite Flight: 25
  • Different airlines represented: 19
  • Airlines with more than 1 livery: 4
  • RR Trent 900 Liveries: 18/25 (72%)
  • EA GP7200 Liveries: 7/25 (28%)

Feedback

If you feel that something is unclear, have more useful tips for others, or just any comments regarding the guide and aircraft, feel free to leave a reply below. We would love to hear back from you!


Other Guides

If you’re interested in more quick start guides, check out the ones linked below.


Final Thoughts

First of all, a massive thank you to Nico, Danny and Rick. Without them, this guide would not have been possible. Their help was immense throughout. The amount of fun we had scouring through flight manuals, verifying data, and thinking about the best way to represent it in an easy-to-understand format is beyond anything we could ever describe.

A huge thank you goes to the whole team behind Infinite Flight for developing this outstanding implementation of the King of the Skies in our favorite simulator. It’s the most realistic aircraft in IF to date, and we hope you enjoy flying it as much as we enjoyed testing it!

Speaking of testing, of course, a special thank you goes to our fellow Beta testers. The effort of pulling the aircraft apart to the last bolt looking for issues was outstanding and contributed greatly to the realism of this shiny new toy in our playground.


Current guide revisions:

IF Airbus A380 Guide FOR FLIGHT SIMULATOR USE ONLY! Rev. 00/Feb 24 2024
IF Airbus A380 QRG FOR FLIGHT SIMULATOR USE ONLY! Rev. 02/Feb 24 2024

Sources: Official Airbus A380 Documentation, online videos from the Airbus A380 cockpit, our own experience of flying the aircraft in Infinite Flight

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awesome sauce

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Nice to see someone else start doing these, thank you!

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niimble more like jamie oliver

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Bookmarked - great guide Alex!

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Awesome! Thank You

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What is the recomended trim % to use for TO and Landing?

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Usually for A380 is 40%

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Stunning guide!! Love it thx❤️

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I’ve found that about 30-40% on takeoff has been good along with 40-50% for landing is right where you want to be.

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I was hoping we’d have this. Thank you!

Thank you so much

Thanks Alex

Been doing some test takeoffs and landings on solo ahead of doing proper ones on expert. Love the handling.

The guide is excellent - like the others for other reworked aircraft - but a couple of questions:

  1. Is the ‘TO Thrust’ X/ the percentage you should set your thrust lever to? I would think so but at a relatively low 62% load that value of 97.6 % is very overpowered and the plane seems to rocket to takeoff speed and therefore needs a steep initial climb out?? So should you maybe use even then some of the thrust values shown for below 55% load?

  2. How many percent/N1 thrust should you reduce throttle for climb thrust? When you watch cockpit video takeoffs it seems to be between 5-10% N1?

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This guide leaves alot of important information out. What are the cruise speeds and climb profiles?

Nice work other wise

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Thanks @AviatorAlex! Awesome work which supports our community

Thank you soo much!

A380 typically starts its engines one at a time, although the exact sequence may vary depending on airline-specific procedures.

However, it’s common to start with Engine 3 (the inner engine on the right wing) followed by Engine 2 (the inner engine on the left wing), then Engine 4 (the outer engine on the right wing), and finally Engine 1 (the outer engine on the left wing).

This sequence helps balance the load on the aircraft during startup hehe

  1. Engine 3
  2. Engine 2
  3. Engine 4
  4. Engine 1

PS : An A380 Pilot told me this but it depends with the airline:))

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It mentions under the cruise table in the notes that cruise speed for all the altitudes was Mach 0.85, I am curious regarding the vertical speeds tho definitely

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Thats not exactly realistic, there is a load factor to take into account.

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